The summer of 2021 is pretty much over here in the UK now and our thoughts at Asia Pacific Fire turn to the summer season in Australia. We are all hoping there isn’t a repeat of the horrific bushfires faced by the emergency services again however, we all fear for the worst. In this issue we have an article from Warwick Lorenz from Australian Pump Industries called Getting ready for the big burn which looks at what was learnt from the black summer of 2020. Many of you will be aware AFAC21 was postponed from August to October and will now a virtual event. Our Asia Pacific Fire – AFAC powered by INTERSCHUTZ online exhibitor showcase here so please take a look and support the virtual exhibitors. Interesting articles of note in this issue include Breakthroughs accelerating the preventative use of long-term fire retardants; Helping volunteers shine as leaders; Disaster prevention and mitigation in Thailand and Sitting in the driver’s seat of fire truck, you need all the help you can get. Other informative articles include Testing times and the shift to product certification; IoT-enabled valve monitoring system can ease inspection burden; MSA Bristol to the rescue; Firefighter safety, 30 years in the making and much, much more. We sincerely hope you enjoy reading this issue of Asia Pacific Fire Magazine. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Bush firefighters tackle wildland fires wearing MYSTERY RANCH Hotshot Packs. An array of fire packs and accessories can be found at mysteryranch.com. Image courtesy of Mystery Ranch.

Wes Bolsen, Ramen Chagger, David Dalrymple, Hank Giles, Ellie Johnson, Warwick Lorenz, Justin Morris, Gavin Parker, Bethany Patch, Jim Pauley, Frank Preiss, Eliot Sizeland, Alistair Snell, Henrietta Tan, Philip Tasker, Alain Tieu, Paul Waterhouse, Josh Whitaker and Matthew Wright

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